This month, we join together to highlight the unique strengths of every person as we celebrate International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) on Sunday, 3 December.
Held annually, IDPwD is a United Nations (UN) observed day celebrated internationally. The goal of IDPwD is to encourage awareness, understanding, and acceptance of people with disability. It seeks to celebrate achievements and contributions while advocating for inclusivity and accessibility worldwide – something we strive to do daily.
The Australian Government has supported IDPwD since 1996 with funding and activities to help promote national awareness.
What is the theme for IDPwD?
Each year the United Nations (UN) confirms a theme encouraging a global focus for IDPwD.
This year’s theme is:
“United in action to rescue and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
for, with, and by persons with disabilities.”
The SDGs are 17 global goals identified by the UN that highlight some of the global challenges in areas of poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, and justice.
These goals along with the important theme encourage the importance of working together globally to help make the world better and more inclusive for people with disabilities.
How are we celebrating IDPwD?
Living My Way is excited to share a special round table talk premiering on YouTube on 3 December. Facilitated by Artist and Advocate Emily Dash, the conversation involves four people from the disability community sharing their stories and experiences.
Join us for an engaging discussion that challenges perceptions and sparks meaningful conversations about issues such as education and employment, media representation, community perception, self-care, and accessibility.
Our goal is to help raise awareness, fostering a more inclusive world where everyone feels seen, heard, and a sense of belonging in the community.
Learn more about IDPwD:
- Learn more about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals
- IDPwD Fact Sheet
- Watch the round table talk premiere on YouTube on 3 December.